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cello  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:51
Spanish to English
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Aug 30, 2005

First of all, sorry if this should have gone in the 'new Kudoz' thread, but I haven't time right now to read all of that thread to see if this question has already been answered.

I have just answered a 'targeted' question (www.proz.com/kudoz/1126702)

As soon as I opened the question I saw the following:

The asker has directed this question specifically to ProZ.com members who:
... work in this pair (Your profile shows that you do.)
... report a "specialty" level of expertise in the subject field (You have not.) [Edit]
You meet the criteria and are invited to suggest a translation.

How could I answer this question? I mean, when one targets a question, do only one of the criteria have to be met? Because I thought it was both. I suppose it's not very serious, I'm just puzzled, and I'd like to know for when I post questions.

Thanks, Linda

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2005-08-31 13:27]


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EN>ELTranslator  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 19:51
English to Greek
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! Aug 30, 2005

At least you meet one of the criteria.
I don't work in this pair and I don't have expertise in this field, but when I opened the question out of curiosity, I got this message:

"The asker has directed this question specifically to ProZ.com members who:
... work in this pair (Your profile does not show that you do.) [Edit]
... report a "specialty" level of expertise in the subject field (You have not.) [Edit]
You meet the criteria and are invited to suggest a translation."

So, I am as puzzled as you are.


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Kurt Porter  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:51
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Target questions Aug 30, 2005

Stavroula Giannopoulou wrote:

At least you meet one of the criteria.
I don't work in this pair and I don't have expertise in this field, but when I opened the question out of curiosity, I got this message:

"The asker has directed this question specifically to ProZ.com members who:
... work in this pair (Your profile does not show that you do.) [Edit]
... report a "specialty" level of expertise in the subject field (You have not.) [Edit]
You meet the criteria and are invited to suggest a translation."

So, I am as puzzled as you are.


I attempted to answer a couple of Russian into English questions the other day but I couldn't as the asker limited the questions to native-Russian speakers only.

Sometimes if it ain't broke, don't fix it.:)


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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
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Native language restriction should no longer be in place Aug 30, 2005

Kurt Porter wrote:
I attempted to answer a couple of Russian into English questions the other day but I couldn't as the asker limited the questions to native-Russian speakers only.
Sometimes if it ain't broke, don't fix it.:)


Hi Kurt and all,

As far as I remember, Henry or Jason announced that the native speaker restriction was abolished some days ago - there should be some evidence of that somewhere in http://www.proz.com/topic/35829 . While askers may still direct questions to a certain subset of members, this restriction should no longer have an effect on (potential) answerers.

What I can imagine in this case is that the sentence "You meet the criteria..." just remained in place after the correction/change was made. This sentence should thus be deleted altogether, or its wording changed to "You may still suggest a translation if you are sufficiently familiar with subject matter and language pair."

Best,
Steffen

[Edited at 2005-08-30 12:48]


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Henry Dotterer
Local time: 12:51
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Thanks for this post - the problem should be corrected. Aug 31, 2005

Steffen is right that "restrictions" are now treated as "preferences". In other words, the asker has a means to specify preferences for answerer characteristics, but if you are sure you can help you will not be prevented from posting a suggestion.

That said, the "you meet the criteria" message was a bug. It should be fixed now.


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